Storm Boy

January 18, 2019

Courtesy: Sony Pictures

 

The Plot:

 

A beautiful and contemporary retelling of Colin Thiele's classic Australian tale. 'Storm Boy' has grown up to be Michael Kingley, a successful retired businessman and grandfather. When Kingley starts to see images from his past that he can't explain, he is forced to remember his long-forgotten childhood, growing up on an isolated coastline with his father. He recounts to his grand-daughter the story of how, as a boy, he rescued and raised an extraordinary orphaned pelican, Mr Percival. Their remarkable adventures and very special bond has a profound effect on all their lives. Based on the beloved book, Storm Boy is a timeless story of an unusual and unconditional friendship.

 

 Courtesy: Sony Pictures

 

The Verdict:

 

This remake of the best selling Australian novel, doesn't disappoint.

 

With stunning performances from Geoffrey Rush and up-and-coming actor Finn Little, it truly is a beautiful story. I personally never saw the original movie, but hearing from the older generation who have, even they it was a brilliant film. As they say, you can't go past a good story to base a movie off.

 

Finn Little plays the young storm boy in the film. His character takes you on the emotional journey of bringing up 3 pelicans whose family were killed after bird hunters started to shoot all birds they saw in an unprotected wetland.

 

How does one bring up 3 young pelicans with only a home-schooled education? Easy, meet an aboriginal local, Fingerbone Bill, who has lived on the land for years. The two work together to mash up the food, as if it was coming from their mother, to feed to the birds.

 

As Mike, Storm Boy, and his father Hideaway Tom lived by themselves in a remote section of the world, Mike didn't have any friends. The only friends are his new bird companions. Much like puppies, Mike watches his pet pelicans grow and taught them what they needed to know about catching fish and flying, something that is hard since he isn't a bird. But throughout the process, he learns about friendship, true love and heartbreak.

 

There are so many emotional scenes throughout this must-see Australian movie, you must go see it for yourself and support the Australian movie industry while you're at it.

 

Rating:

4 out of 5 Choc Tops

 

Starring:

Jai Courtney, Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpilil, Finn Little, Erik Thomson, Morgana Davies

Directed by:

Shawn Seet

 

 

 

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